When I was a boy, secular TV shows would occasionally insert a "God-moment" where a child or adult character would "pray" to God. Typically, it was a "God, if you're up there, would you do this for me, or get me out of such-and-such situation?" kind of prayer. Often times too, there would be a "I know you're probably busy, God, but if you'd kindly squeeze just a moment in to hear me, then... (selfish, spoken prayer request was shared)".
While expressions of encouragement are useful, there's a difference between thoughts and prayers. What are they?